Boost for Field Trips

Every secondary school in Scotland will be offered financial help to carry out educational visits to European battlefields as part of the Scottish Government’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today. A £2,000 grant will be made available to every senior school in the country to helpContinue reading “Boost for Field Trips”

Police Pleased with Hold of Dumfries Demonstration

Police Scotland were pleased that the demonstration and public procession held in Dumfries on Saturday passed without major incident. Around 120 people in total attended the parade and demonstration and the vast majority behaved in a responsible manner. Only three arrests took place, with three men aged 55 years, 29 years and 21 years allContinue reading “Police Pleased with Hold of Dumfries Demonstration”

Independence Debate Not To Be Broadcasted on ITV Border

STV’s first televised debate on Scotland’s independence referendum will not be broadcast to viewers in the South of Scotland. This has since sparked concern and disappointment from SNP MSPs for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod and Joan McAlpine as expressed on Tuesday. Both MSPs have argued over recent months for changes to broadcasting inContinue reading “Independence Debate Not To Be Broadcasted on ITV Border”

NHS Infection Control Continues

Full infection control measures at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary continue to be implemented by NHS Dumfries and Galloway, with regard to the Norovirus or ‘vomiting bug’. A total of 32 patients and 10 members of staff have reported symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, clinically consistent with Norovirus infection. Ward 9 remains closed to newContinue reading “NHS Infection Control Continues”

Job Losses Discussion Meeting

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine last week used Parliamentary Questions to ask the Scottish Government what support they could provide for the community in Langholm. The question came on the back of the announcement that Langholm’s last tweed firm had gone into administration, with the loss of 35 jobs. Answering on behalf of theContinue reading “Job Losses Discussion Meeting”

Community Outdoor Gym Opens at Summerhill Community Centre

An outside gym facility has been created by Summerhill Community Centre volunteers in partnership with Council’s Criminal Justice Social Work Community Payback Unpaid Work Team. The gym was opened by Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, on Saturday 13 April. The main purpose of the Centre is to enable real community inclusion and participation inContinue reading “Community Outdoor Gym Opens at Summerhill Community Centre”

Launch of Overhead Lines Training Course

Overhead Lines Technician Training Course officially launches at Dumfries and Galloway College on Friday 19th April. The course – the first of its kind in Scotland – has been developed to meet the anticipated demand for local technicians as a result of the upcoming £2.6 billion upgrade of the National Grid. The upgrade is beingContinue reading “Launch of Overhead Lines Training Course”

Cockling Patrols on Solway

Illegal harvesting of cockles along the shores of the Solway has caused Marine Scotland Officers and Police Scotland Officers have been stepping up patrols and sharing information. Patrols are targeting areas of the Solway where intelligence from the public and historic information suggests poaching may take place. “The Solway has been a rich source ofContinue reading “Cockling Patrols on Solway”

Space Race at Yuri’s Night

Over 60 visitors of all ages took part in the Yuri’s Night events hosted by Dumfries Astronomy Society (DAS) at Dumfries Museum on Saturday 13 April. Although the weather was too cloudy for stargazing, there were plenty of interactive activities for families including building and launching fizz rockets, making a planetary glider and an “AskContinue reading “Space Race at Yuri’s Night”